Australian historian wins Harvard GSD’s Richard Rogers Fellowship

Australian-born architectural historian and writer Emma Letizia Jones has been announced as one of six winners of the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s 2020 Richard Rogers Fellowship.

Jones attended both the University of Sydney and the Architectural Association in London before obtaining a PhD at the University of Zurich with a thesis on the drawing practice of German architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Jones teaches architectural history at the GTA Institute at ETH Zurich, and is a founding member of TEN, an association of young architects that won a Swiss Art Award for Architecture in 2018. Her writing has appeared inAA Files, San Rocco, Architectural Histories, and the Architectural Review.

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Jones’ proposal for the fellowship is the research for a book titled Built by the Book: The Global Impact of the Building Manual and Trade Catalogue in Nineteenth Century London. The book will examine the building manuals and trade catalogues that began to be published in mid-nineteenth-century London. Jones will conduct research at the Victoria and Albert Museum National Art Library and other London archives. The research will also form part of a broader research program supported by the University of Technology Sydney and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

The Richard Rogers Fellowship, which was launched in October 2016, will take place at the Wimbledon House in London, which was designed by Richard and Su Rogers Architects in 1968. Originally known as 22 Parkside, or Rogers House, it was the home of Richard Rogers’ parents. Lord Rogers and Lady Ruth Rogers gifted the house to the GSD in 2015 “to ensure the heritage-listed property’s continued use as a residence, and to provide a unique research opportunity for future generations of professionals and scholars – from across fields and disciplines – whose work is focused on the built environment.”

The house was restored by British architect Philip Gumuchdjian and landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan and was reopened for the inaugural Richard Rogers Fellowship in 2017.

The fellowship includes a three-month residency in the Wimbledon House, travel expenses and a US$10,000 cash prize.

Previously, Australian researcher Cathy Smith was among the winners of the fellowship in 2018.

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